December 30, 2005
I was the taper
Sound Quality: 5 of 5 stars. Really clean, beautiful recording. Donavon shows up super crisp and clear, as does kenny's guitar, as does Adam's conga and Chris Jorner's keys'.. the only audio flaw is that The White Buffalo's vocals are a little low when he joins the band for the last song. Audience noise is nearly non existant in this audience recording, and even when Donavon asks the crowd to sing along, they are distant but still audible, which suprised me, since where I was taping was on the perifery of the crowd, but I was still fully surrounded by the sold-out crowd .. I guess the singers were all on the other side of the ampitheater .. Beautiful, crisp, and a great audio recording. I'm really proud of it!
Show Quality: 4 of 5 stars. A real fun show. This was part of "The Moonshine Festival" a surf music, art, film, and culture festiful put on by Jack Johnson, Chris Malloy, the rest of the Malloy Brothers, Scott Soens, all them... the first annual one was held in 2003 at the tiny art museum across the street and down the street next to the sawdust .. it was two days: first day was free with Donavon F and others, and day 2 was $40 and sold out immediately with an intimate Jack Johnson show with others.. this year they moved it to the larger Festival Of the Arts Grounds that holds the Pagent of the Masters normally. Day 1 (this day) sold out super fast, and at the show it was a zoo of surf culture and young laguna beach hipsters and everything in between to bring in the vibe of the warm late summer festival.
Donavon's set was a nice treat as well since he lives in Laguna Beach canyon and had gotten started performing with Sunny Garcia at a bar in town. It was really cool to see Donavon giving Sunny some recognition and having him come up and play with him during his set. Always good to see respect for your roots. Adam Topol (Jack Johnson's drummer) and Chris on keys were a fun addition to the sound on a song or two. White Buffalo played earlier in the day and it was cool to see him come up as a suprise to play 'Stay Young' with Donavon, the song they all had played on in the 2001 Moonshine Conspiracy film "Shelter". I took off one star from the performance only because it was so short and White Buffalo flubbed up his part of 'Stay Young' a little, but otherwise, this is an amazing performance and it was a hell of a night of fun, music, and good times. Download it or stream it now!
October 19, 2004
Great small personal show
Good small show with a good seat every where in the house. Lots of good art and a killer surf flick. Did any one get jack's set? This recording has good quality, did you get jack too...
...Oh... just checked back and jack's set just got posted... Thanks, I was wondering if there were any archivers there that night...